Topic – What is for Dinner?

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What is for Dinner?

Animals are called consumers because they must find food to eat. They cannot make their own food. Consumers can be put in three groups, based on the food they eat.


A carnivore is an animal that eats other animals. Many types of animals are carnivores. Here are a few examples:

  Lions eat large mammals such as zebras, buffalo, and antelopes.

  Polar bears’ favourite food is seals. They eat other animals, too.

  Frogs eat insects, worms, and snails.

  Dragonflies eat other insects.


Herbivores are animals that eat plants. Some herbivores eat only grass and leaves. Other herbivores eat flowers, fruits, seeds, or even wood. Here are examples of herbivores:

  Sheep eat leaves and grass.

  Elephants eat leaves, twigs, and bark. They eat fruits, seeds, and flowers, too.

  Bees eat the pollen and nectar they find in flowers.

  Parrots eat fruits and nuts.


An omnivore is an animal that eats plants and animals. Which of these omnivores have
you seen?

  Black bears mostly eat leaves, nuts, and berries. They will also eat animals such as ants, bees, salmon, and trout.

  Robins eat worms, insects, and berries.

  Skunks eat animals such as insects, worms, and frogs. Berries, roots, leaves, and nuts are also part of a skunk’s diet.

  Snapping turtles eat a variety of plants. They will also eat small fish, frogs, insects, and snakes.

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Word Stretch: The words carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore are all nouns. Each of these words has an adjective form: carnivorous, herbivorous, and omnivorous

A carnivorous animal is called a carnivore. A herbivorous animal is called a herbivore. An omnivorous animal is called an omnivore.